The medical ethics panel of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Wednesday recommended revoking the licenses of 89 psychiatrists nationwide on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining their qualifications.
Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki announced the disciplinary action at a news conference, Fuji TV reported. According to the ministry, among the 89 were 23 supervisory doctors and psychiatrists at St Marianna University Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture -- which was at the center of a big scandal last year. They admitted they had obtained their licenses by fraudulently submitting reports on patients they had not treated. In some cases, patients had been involuntarily committed to the hospital by the psychiatrists.
Doctors are required by law to have at least three years' experience before they can receive a psychiatric practitioner's license.© Japan Today